Democratic lawmakers and liberal media members have rightfully condemned the tragic Capitol riot at every turn, but this wasn’t always the left’s point of view when it came to violence against Republicans throughout President Trump’s time occupying the Oval Office.
Their leader and soon-to-be America’s commander in chief, Joe Biden, ran with an emphasis on “unity,” but many feel that Democrats denounce violence only when it fits their agenda.
Violence wasn’t exactly condemned by many on the left when Republican Sen. Rand Paul was assaulted by neighbor Rene Boucher in November 2017 while mowing his lawn. The Kentucky lawmaker was tackled from behind and suffered six broken ribs, including three displaced fractures. His recovery was complicated by fluid and blood around the lungs, and pneumonia. Following the vicious attack, Paul blamed “the narrative the left is bringing” for the divided nation.
“I guess one of the disturbing things though is to see that there is still so much hatred out there,” Paul said at the time during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
“I’m perplexed that this is somehow supposed to be a right-wing phenomenon but I see thousands of people on Twitter, this left-wing mob wishing that I were dead,” Paul added, noting that his attacker was a Democrat with “violent” social media postings.
GQ published a story headlined, “Rand Paul Sounds Like the Worst Guy to Have as a Neighbor,” which said the senator seemed like an “a—hole” when it comes to his yard, while liberal actor Tom Arnold took to Twitter to mock Paul over the attack.
“Imagine being Rand Paul’s next door neighbor and having to deal with @RandPaul lying cowardly circular whiney bullcrap about lawn clippings. No wonder he ripped his toupee off,” Arnold wrote.
A blogger even wrote, “What happened is Rand Paul was beat up for acting like Rand Paul.”
The attack on Paul came on the heels of liberal musician Madonna bragging that she “thought about blowing up the White House,” and comedian Kathy Griffin holding up a bloody mask made to look like a severed head of President Trump.
But while liberal entertainers appeared to condone violence against Republicans, perhaps the most egregious example came from a Democratic lawmaker.